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8 (rail) ways to wear your kids out this half term in North Wales

08 February 2018

8 (rail) ways to wear your kids out this half term in North Wales: Children by the sea in North Wales

Is it really half term already? It feels like we only just took down the Christmas decorations.

 Are you wondering how to entertain your energetic children for an entire week? Here’s some suggestions to keep the kids busy and wear them out this school holiday. All are within easy walking distance of a train station along Arriva Trains Wales’ network in North Wales.

Make sure you check opening times and any admission restrictions before you travel though!

Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia has plenty on offer for all the family, from farm tours to railway trips, and rambling to white water rafting. Tackle one of Snowdonia’s towering peaks or just walk along the stunning coastline, rivers and beaches. Make sure you check the forecast and wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear though. The Cambrian Line sweeps up the coast to Porthmadog, offering spectacular views as you travel by train. Or you can travel to the very heart of the park via Blaenau Ffestiniog to start exploring.

Nearest Station; Blaenau Ffestiniog

Walking time; 10 minutes

Train near top of Snowdon on Mountain Railway
Train near top of Snowdon on Mountain Railway


Llandudno Pier

‘Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside….’ A visit to the beach doesn’t spring to mind as the top choice for a chilly February outing, but there’s plenty to see and do on Llandudno Pier. Kids of all ages will find something they enjoy in the amusement arcades, while younger ones might prefer the fun fair rides. Grab some fish and chips to eat on the pier or try your luck on the fishing platform if you fancy catching your own supper.

Nearest station - Llandudno

Walking time - 15 minutes

Fairy Glen Nature Reserve 

This section of an ancient woodland along the River Conwy was gifted to the local council for the use of the public forever in 1903. With its damp shady slopes, and gentle stream, it’s easy to see why it was renamed the ‘Fairy Glen’.  Families searching for fairies, flora and fauna won’t be disappointed by this magical spot which has mesmerised visitors for more than 100 years.

Nearest Station; Betws-y-Coed

Walking Distance; 26 minutes

Conwy Castle

Built by Edward I in the 13th century, this impressive fortress perched on a rocky outcrop has stood the test of time and is part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encourage them to climb every step, run around the courtyards and compete to be ‘King of the castle’ while you take in the breath-taking views of the sea and mountains.

Nearest Station; Conwy

Walking distance; 4 minutes

Conwy Castle with Arriva train
Conwy Castle with Arriva train

RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve

If your kids love all things creepy and crawly, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve has plenty to keep them entertained. Slap on their wellies and explore the wetlands, searching for water birds along the way. There’s also quizzes, trails and activities to enthral even the youngest visitors. Present a valid rail ticket for arrival at Llandudno Junction on the day of travel in the Waterside Coffee Shop and get a free cup of tea or filter coffee.

Nearest Station; Llandudno Junction

Walking time; 10 minutes

National Trust Plas Newydd

Stroll through an Australasian arboretum, Italianate terrace or follow woodland paths at this this elegant house on the shores of the Menai Strait. There's plenty for little explorers too, including a hand-built tree house, nine-hole Frisbee™ golf course, and an adventure playground; you might even meet one of the resident red squirrels! Over half term there will also be activities to mark ‘Mud Week’ – as if they needed more encouragement to get dirty.

Nearest Station; Llanfairpwll

Walking time; 30 mins

Children at Llanfairpwll train station
Children at Llanfairpwll train station

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Take them on a bear hunt! This botanical gardens and zoo is tucked away in 37 acres of scenic woodland on the edge of Colwyn Bay. Take your little monkeys to meet the primates, big cats, reptiles, birds and insects and see if you can find the brown bears. Finish off with the Tarzan Trail and a trip to Jungle Adventureland before heading home for their favourite bedtime book.

Nearest station - Colwyn Bay

Walking time - 30 minutes

Blaenau Ffestiniog Zip World

200-year-old Llechwedd Slate Cavern has been transformed into an adventure paradise for families. Test your nerves by zipping from rock to rock, or tight rope walking across narrow drops, finishing with the UK’s steepest zipwire. Younger children can try trampolining underground for the first time with ‘Bounce Below’ – a series of nets draped deep in the echoing cavern.

Nearest Station; Ffestiniog Railway

Walking time; 30 mins

Bounce Below at Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Bounce Below at Llechwedd Slate Caverns


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Victoria Newman